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Army ROTC cadets to compete for German Armed Forces Award on UT campus

Army ROTC cadets representing several regional universities are scheduled to compete for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge during a competition Friday and Saturday on The University of Toledo campus.

Officially known as “Das Abzeichen fur Leistungen im Truppendiest,” the award was established in 1980 by the Bundeswehr — the German Armed Forces — to recognize military proficiency. It is awarded to all German soldiers and is one of the few foreign awards U.S. service members are authorized to wear.

Cadets from The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are scheduled to compete.

The events will begin 8 a.m. Friday, April 12 with a first-aid knowledge test at the Health Education Center located on Stadium Drive across from the Glass Bowl, followed by 5K run along the University Parks Trail and 200-meter swim at the Health Education Center.

Saturday’s track-and-field events will be conducted simultaneously beginning at 8 a.m. at Springfield High School located at 1470 South McCord Road, Holland, and shooting qualifications will occur at the Sylvania Township Police Department’s outdoor shooting range located near the intersection of Brent and Centennial Roads in Sylvania Township.

The final event is the rucksack-march beginning at 4:30 p.m. along the campus bicycle trail.

An awards ceremony to award gold, silver and bronze awards to qualifying participants will take place at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Health Education Center.

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